Indigenous Solutions for a Sustainable Future

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Indigenous Solutions for a Sustainable Future

The Traditional Native American Farmers Association, also known as TNAFA, held its 16th Annual Indigenous Sustainable Communities Design Course July 2011, in collaboration with Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture in Northern Arizona. TNAFA has been working since 1992 to increase the Native community's interest in agriculture, especially the youth. Instructor Lilian Hill taught a natural building workshop on the Hopi Reservation, where agricultural methods date back as far as the 1500s. ISCD students learned the basics of traditional Hopi cob earth building and the essential elements of building a home with heart.  The results of their collective efforts were the construction of an earthen bread oven and bench in the village of Kykotsmovi.

Participant testimonials in this film include Jacqueline Gamboa, Juan Gamboa, Rico Kleinstein Chenyek, as well as TNAFA Coordinator, Malin Ramirez.  To find out more about the ISCD course, TNAFA and Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture visit: http://www.tnafanm.org.

 
 

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